Wordsmith.org: the magic of words


A.Word.A.Day

About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us  


Home

Today's Word

Subscribe

Archives



Jan 29, 2015
This week’s theme
Words for diseases, used metaphorically

This week’s words
scurvy
apoplectic
jaundiced
metastasize

Bookmark and Share Facebook Twitter Digg MySpace Bookmark and Share
A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

metastasize

PRONUNCIATION:
(muh-TAS-tuh-syz)

MEANING:
verb intr.
1. To spread or escalate in an undesirable manner.
2. (Of a cancer) To spread to other parts of the body.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin metastasis (transition), from Greek methistanai (to change), from meta- (beyond) + histanai (to set). Earliest documented use: 1907.

USAGE:
“A disruption here could metastasize quickly and lead to a general uprising.”
Myron Curtis; The Seventh Reflection; iUniverse; 2013.

See more usage examples of metastasize in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. -Edward Abbey, naturalist and author (29 Jan 1927-1989)

A.Word.A.Day by email:

Subscribe

"The most welcomed, most enduring piece of daily mass e-mail in cyberspace."

The New York Times

Subscriber Services
Awards | Stats | Links | Privacy Policy
Contribute | Advertise

© 1994-2015 Wordsmith